This is my latest Ice Breaker speech that I delivered to the Early Bird Ocala Toastmasters group on November 3, 2018. Toastmasters is a great way to develop your public speaking and leadership skills and there’s probably at least one group in your local area. Check out ToastMasters.org for more information on the club and where you can find it in your area.
What is success?
You can tell a lot about a person by how they answer that and whether they are actually trying to achieve their definition of success. Not everyone defines it personally for themselves.
The following is the text from my speech to the Ocala Early Bird Toastmasters on May 19, 2018. If you’re in Ocala and would like to learn more about leadership and public speaking, come join us for breakfast on Saturday mornings at The Egg and I.
My name is Andrew Comeau and I am … a public school teacher?
I say it that way because It’s been a study in irony for me. If you told me just a couple years ago that I’d be teaching a nighttime programming class for vocational students, I’d have laughed. When others suggested I should be a teacher, I said it wasn’t for me.
Then when I was told that a new programming course was needed in Ocala and I had the choice of designing and teaching it myself or hoping someone else did it well, I automatically said Yes.
I’m currently screening applicants for two full-time, in-house jobs in Ocala, Florida. Both of these positions will work as part of a team of local and remote developers designing e-commerce solutions.
- Develop, customize and implement high-quality web solutions that meet company expectations and requirements.
- Contribute to technical solutions and requirements definition; solve complex problems by contributing to analysis and development of technical solutions.
- Deploy code into a variety of staging and production environments.
Meet regularly to provide status updates, reports on development activity and discuss project/product roadmap planning.
- Provide systems administrative assistance when needed for off-site servers, either remotely or by visiting the off-site data centers.
- Write, update maintain technical procedures & documentation, user guides and troubleshooting manuals for company software, technical support needs and end users.
- Effectively translate complex, technical concepts into easy to understand language to assist non-technically oriented employees.
Web Designer / Graphic Design – Adobe Suite, WordPress / Magneto Theming
- Create and modify web pages to enhance the digital and mobile experience in line with internal stakeholders (Marketing, Programming, and sales)
- Plan site design by clarifying goals; designing functionality.
- Develop site navigation by categorizing content; funneling traffic through content.
- Upgrade site by updating content and graphics; monitoring performance and results; identifying and evaluating improvement options; introducing new technology; maintaining links.
- Develop site content and graphics by coordinating with copywriters and graphic artists; designing images, icons, banners, audio enhancements, and keeping with industry standards.
- Utilize the Content Management System to upload creative elements
- Help develop and integrate interactive social and digital media to drive show content
- Participate in developing the concepts and content for assigned teases, sales features, promotions, roll-outs and special events to improve customer messaging and conversion.
If you or anyone you know is interested in these positions, you can find out more about them on my job board on ComeauSoftware.com .
I’ve received the following announcements from CareerSource for Citrus / Levy / Marion counties of upcoming hiring events and job fairs in Ocala / Marion County and surrounding areas. See the individual announcements for full details and contact information.
- Labor Ready, Golf Course Maintenance positions in Citrus County, Florida – Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 8 – 11 a.m.
- ResourceMFG Production Associate positions in Ocala, FL, Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10 a.m. – Noon.
- Sonic Drive-In Hiring Event, Multiple positions open in Ocala, FL – Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 9 a.m. – Noon
- Tri County Job Fair 2015, Chiefland, FL, Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Professional Networking Group is holding a Retooling and Refueling Workshop for Professionals transitioning back into the workforce or making a career change on April 27-29, 2015 at the College of Central Florida. Attendance is free but registration is required. Visit the Job Seeker Center’s Specialty Programs at CareerSourceCLM.com or call Robyne Fraize at 352-873-7939 ext. 1141
Professional Networking Group – Retooling and Refueling Workshop for Professionals transitioning back into the workforce or making a career change. April 27-29, 2015 at the College of Central Florida
The College of Central Florida Simulation & Automation Program is holding an Open House on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Klein Center at 3001 S.W. College Road in Ocala. See the poster below and call (352)873-5855 or e-mail XCEL-IT@cf.edu for more information.
CareerSource for Citrus / Levy / Marion Counties is sponsoring a hiring event for Childhood Development Services on February 19, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at their Lecanto, FL location. See the poster below for more information.
One of the hard questions for someone starting their own service or consulting business is “How much should I charge per hour?”. You need to charge enough to cover your expenses and make the business profitable but you don’t want to charge so much that prospective clients never call back.
In the last chapter, I talked about some of the current options when it comes to getting started in the programming field. I mentioned several development tools that you can get familiar with to decide what path you want to take as a software developer but getting started is only half the battle. As I said, the field is constantly changing and with so much evolving technology, it can be hard to keep up even if you’re working with it every day. When planning a career, there’s also a desire to have some idea of what things will look like five years down the road and where you should be in relation to them. That’s harder to do in the I.T. world but there are some things that you can plan on and overall strategies that you can use to develop a solid foundation of knowledge.
So far, I’ve given you some general ideas of what it takes to start and maintain a career in software development but you’re probably still wanting some direction as to the actual first steps of learning how to program. In this chapter, I’ll give you a sampling of the options available. Pay close attention to the links sprinkled throughout for additional information.
There are a lot of options out there because there are a lot of different computer languages and types of devices to program. The type of device for which you’re creating an application and the operating system it uses is sometimes called the platform. For example, if you’re programming Windows applications for the PC, then you’d be writing for the Windows platform. The Android OS that powers smartphones and tablets would be a separate platform and would require different programming tools. Some people might get confused by the term platform so it’s easiest just to say “I write Windows programs.” or “I create websites.”. You’ll find that one of the challenges of a programming career is communicating ideas to non-programmers.